Islam is often blamed for brutality towards subdued dames. The suit of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, proves otherwise, says social propose and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against ladies does not differentiate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or forms of sexual violence in their own lives, regardless of hasten, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common flesh, with physical violence occurring to as many as two out of three women who have ever been in an intimate partnership.

This is not news, and yet, the difference in how such violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery occurs in majority Muslim countries, scholars are quick to blamed Islam itself, instead of find the military forces of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending females- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, supplies an instructive and urgent lesson. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her leader. She rejected and escaped from her family residence near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 kilometres away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received text that the wed intentions had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.

On her return, it became apparent that “shes been” tricked. The wedding ceremony was underway, and Noura was duly “given” to the groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the union for a number of dates. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband raped her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the husband returned the next day to repeat the crime, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of experiences, ultimately killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, who were allegedly then disowned her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of slaying. On 10 May, she was sentenced to extinction. His lineage was offered the choice of either countenancing monetary compensation for the misdemeanour, or hanging. They picked the latter. Now the family and community have 15 periods to request the sentence. They are hoping to invalidate the decision to execute Noura for defending herself against physical and forms of sexual violence, and navigating an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.

Noura’s story is perhaps not unusual in a nature where intimate collaborator savagery is rife. However, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider truth. The majority of people involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s client are other Sudanese Muslim dames. The solicitors working on the example in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and term of the case contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of parties fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim ladies are subjugated, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It too stands in complete opposition to men who try to use a warped form of sharia to justify any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The ladies arguing on Noura’s behalf point to both law and theology: to be united without agree is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practiced, although women continue to fight the laws and institutions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the narrative becomes an opportunity for the send of grievances and racisms about Islam, through the contention of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is murderous, people will say, because of how they treat their women- and look, here is an example that reinforces that debate!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally incorrect. The load on Muslim wives is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the knowledge of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal standards that exist within interpretings of sharia all over the world. To rephrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight absolutely is on, such as in the case of Noura, they are the first to step up to fight for each other’s rights and protection. Tell me, how is that brutality?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical technologist, social counsel, and columnist. Call her website here


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